This photograph of a bare birch tree on Osterley Park View Road that I took yesterday already has 141 views on Flickr. I have no idea why. It’s not that good!
In the early 1950s, my gran and papa volunteered to leave their Victorian tenement in White Street, Partick to move to a new council estate on the outskirts of the city of Glasgow in an area called Nitshill. The estate was called Craigbank and they moved to 35 Newfield Square which overlooked a bowling green. They moved in on May 1951 when my mum has just turned seventeen. The flat had three bedrooms,a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. It had central heating and hot water. It was so much better than the two roomed (plus kitchen) cold water flat they had lived in even if that had had an indoor toilet. This isn’t 35 but it is very close by.
Of course, White Street is now utterly desirable, the sandstone has been scrubbed clean of its blackness and is now a gorgeous red and, it is still standing. Whereas, Newfield Square and the rest of Craigbank has been demolished and seemingly abandoned. I don’t know how it happened but the area stopped being a nice place and by the time my gran was widowed she was happy to move to Shettleston. It deteriorated further and it appears that demolition was the best thing for it.
I lived with my mum, gran and papa for six months or so while my dad was on exercises and I attended Levern primary School on Drumbeg Drive/Prestwick Street. That too has been demolished and since 1998 has been left. The saplings are now well over six feet and if nothing is done there will soon be a wood where there was a playground.
This slogan adorned South Hanwell Baptist Church on Boston Road for years. It was replaced recently by a simple sign stating the name of the church and its website. This is better. And it means so many different things: Know Jesus Know Life or No Jesus No Life or Know Jesus No Life or No Jesus Know Life.
This is a lovely building and it is a shame it hasn’t been used in years. It is available to buy if you are interested.
My friend and I were bemoaning the fact that although our boys have lived in Hanwell W7 all their lives their birth certificates say they were born in Southall UB1.
This is a group of war graves in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Cemetery, Hanwell. I find the power of the simplicity of the CWGC gravestones very moving.